After spending 6 months in Scotland working as an apprentice at Bowmore distilleries, Rick Wasmund returned to the U.S. in 2000, full of energy, ideas, and skill, to open up the Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, a small village in the Virginia countryside. True to his education he chose to use the Scottish spelling Whisky for his spirits instead of the American Whiskey.
The Copper Fox distillery is special for a few reasons. For one, they uniquely use apple wood and cherry wood to dry the malted grain and malted barley—with the smoke of selected, smouldering fruitwoods instead of peat as is done in Scotland. Secondly, they are the only distillery in the U.S. to malt their own grain and barley, in a traditional and “low tech” way. And finally, they use progressive aging method, where they introduce toasted apple and oak into the barrel to accelerate the aging and give the Whisky unusual and new flavor dimensions.
Copper Fox Rye Whisky is a Rye Whiskey, which is double-pot stilled and progressively aged for 15-20 months using apple wood toasted chips inside a used Bourbon barrel. The mash bill is 66% Virginia Rye, and 33% Virginia Thoroughbred hand-malted barley, kiln dried with apple wood and cherry wood smoke.
Not bad, but not amazing. Very strong pepper/spicy on the attack and the finish leaves me feeling like I just had a cigar; wish it was a higher quality cigar.
I just sampled this and feel like you have to be in the mood for something different. It has a lot going on. I will never buy this but in the right setting if offered I’d give a go again. It’s not worst thing I’ve had but definitely not the best. I’ll give it the benefit and put it right in the middle. Man a lot of different flavors going on. I’d say it’s the tie-die rye of whiskey.
Almost came out as a Irish Whiskey. Very strong Peat flavor came out. The longer it sat on ice, the more a pepper flavor came out.
Tastes like whiskey and perfume. The floral notes are over powering and take away from the whiskey
Smells and tastes like lamp oil. Had to do something I have never done before, poured it down the drain.
Eh, it’s a cool concept, but not for me. The flavor profile is different to say the least with the fruitier and sweeter notes up front, then a bit bitter of a floral and Smokey finish. It was nice to try, but not my glass of rye.
Definitely a bit on the sweeter side, but I enjoyed it.
Good stuff, but can taste the charcoal. I like the bite!
Don’t mind the smoke but little too harsh. Better with a splash of water.
A bit medicinal at the nose. Leathery overtones obscure the subtler flavors and are a bit too much for my palate.
Good very smoky
Smokey and a bit harsh. Long finish, but not necessarily a pleasant one. Better with a bit more water than I generally prefer.
Smooth but very peppery and smokey. Perhaps would have been better paired with the right food but on it's own I am not the biggest fan.
Would try it again. Better than average but not. My favorite.
Has a very metallic taste. Couldn’t get past it.
Aroma: spice like cinnamon, alcohol. Taste: heavy pepper spice, slight nuttiness. On ice:. Subdued pepper, oily with a hint of a sweetness and other spice.
Too heavy on the spice and heat combo for my taste, may go great in a mix.
Smokey. To Smokey for my palette.
Complex, smoky flavor. Unexpected, but good.
I swung by their location in Williamsburg, and had the opportunity to run down the whole line.
The beginnings of a delicious rye are in this bottle, but it doesn't have the balance dialed in. This is a common issue through their "lower level" whiskeys where the smoke overpowers the rest of the flavors.
Copper Fox gets it right in the Cognac finished edition which is really tasty. It was much more expensive though.
Delicious rye. Hint of fruit smoke
I normally like my rye neat. This one was good but needed an ice cube. Mellowed it right out
I thought this sample had been mis-shipped: I was sure it was scotch. The smoke is so overwhelming I couldn't get past it to the other flavors. I'll bet if this was sent with a scotch sampler no one would figure out it's a rye.
Too smoky for a rye. Tasted like an immature Islay scotch.
A bit medicinal at first. Got better as the ice melted.
Peaty. More like a scotch than a rye
Peppery, smoky, with a bit more peat flavor than I was expecting. It’s good, but if you are looking for a pure eye, it’s a step or two away. I like it and would buy it again.
Too peaty this was more like a scotch than a rye
Picked up hay/grass on the nose. Astringent, raspberry, hot flavor. Not really my favorite, but pretty smooth.
Sweet start with smoky finish.
Too much smoke
Pleasant with a hint of smoke
I actually really liked this Whiskey. It was a bit on the sweeter side but really easy going down in the flavor is quite unique. Worth trying if you can find it on sale
Loved the smoke! Balanced nicely with a toasty maltiness and fruit. Not a typical rye, but gorgeous and fun. Try mixing it with a bit of Zucca.
To much peat and smoke for a rye.
Got to admit - it was a bit moss and peat up front, with strong tones of distilled spirit. Rough opening with long legs. But, as I made my way through the bottle, it opened quite well. Worth the experience, but not a staple on my shelf.
Terrible. Tried this in my advent calendar. Smells and tastes like turpentine.
Earthy, spicy rye
Very spicy with a nice warm finish. It’s not the best rye I’ve had but it’s not the worst either.
decent Rye. Received with the holiday advent calendar. I enjoyed it but don't plan on ordering a whole bottle
Great smokey finish. Very floral taste with apple mixed in. Strong spice on first sip due to the 48% abv. But again the good smoke finish. Not my favorite but I could see pairing it with a cigar would be nice.
This surprised me. From the flavor spiral I thought it would be too sweet, but it was real actively balanced. Not something I would drink on a regular basis, but I could see myself having it as an after dinner sipper.
It was good but I like to taste more notes.
Not my favorite. It tastes like I am drinking flowers. That smell when you step into a flower shop, that smell is what I taste.
Quite delicious. Love the flavors. The flavor spiral is spot on. Great oily mouthfeel.
Little harsh on the front but very smokey good aftertaste
My initial taste was over-powered by the smoke. Once it opened up, however, I really liked it. The apple comes through nicely and the finish is good.
Good for mixing, but too smoky for easy sipping IMHO. Definitely gets bonus points for ingenuity on the aging process.
I really enjoyed this Scotch. Great effort from an American company. Usually the US stuff lacks character and depth but this one I liked. It's got a hint of smoke with a lot behind it. Caramel and fruit gives it that depth that good Scotch requires. Thanks to the tasting box for bringing this one I would have otherwise not tried.
Lots of cherry. Very sweet. Sippable
Ugh. Tastes like you are drinking a rose. With the thorns still on. After a dog pissed on it.
Harsh taste, needs to be mellowed
Smokey, sweet. I dig it. Not so boozy, just charred barrel
lOVED THE aPPLE
lOVED THE aPPLE
My go to Rye here in VA.
Definitely detect the Apple. Great flavor and unique sweetness. Love it!
The toasted apple flavor is just lovely. Very complex
Really liked this — great malt and balance. A rye we’d actually sip, and for an excellent Manhattan.
Very smooth beginning. Sharp kick right as you swallow. But the fruity hints leave a pleasant taste in the mouth.
Apple & cherry on the nose makes it instantly intriguing. I would probably enjoy it more if the flowery flavor wasn't there. Two small ice cubes are making more enjoyable (smoothing it out). I read in a comment that this would probably make a great rye for use in Manhattan's & I tend to agree.
Love the smoky, subtle apple tastes. Very Smooth !
Exactly my thoughts on this one. Nailed it!
Unique... cherry smoked almonds...
I'm not great with this Flaviar spiral, yet. This has a great sweet finish, almost like a Desert rye. Accidentally poured some OJ in to my glass from the night before, not that it needs mixing but OJ is a great compliment. Now it's mimosas for the wife and OJ n'Rye for me on Sunday brunch.
Smooth with a smoky finish.
couldnt agree more!
A dry, spicy rye with a snootful of smoke. I get a bit of the fruit, but the smokiness overpowers my senses. Please note: I am not a Scotch drinker.
Apply with a hint of wood. Spicy but not sweet.
Smokey, Toasted Nose. Big smoke and Rye Body. Light Apple note at the end.
Makes a delightful manhattan with Dolin Rouge vermouth and a plump luxardo cherry.
A bit sweet but the subtle Apple taste was refreshing
I'm a bit of a newb but this seemed a little one dimensional.
Seemed under developed. Very overpriced for the quality. Maybe a good for mixing if it was cheaper.